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How To Cook Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

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Here is a fool-proof way to cook the perfect soft boiled eggs ,or as I like to call them “dippy eggs“, every time!

 If you’re looking to make the perfect soft boiled egg, you’ve come to the right place. In this post you’ll find out exactly how to cook the perfect, gooey, delicious soft boiled egg that will be perfect every single time. #softboiledegg #egg #howtocookeggs #boiledegg #paleo #whole30 #glutenfree #recipe #calmeats #grainfree #dairyfree #realfoodrecipes
 If you’re looking to make the perfect soft boiled egg, you’ve come to the right place. In this post you’ll find out exactly how to cook the perfect, gooey, delicious soft boiled egg that will be perfect every single time. #softboiledegg #egg #howtocookeggs #boiledegg #paleo #whole30 #glutenfree #recipe #calmeats #grainfree #dairyfree #realfoodrecipes

The window was slightly ajar letting out some of the steam that had built up in the small kitchen. My grandmother feverishly stirring what looked like an absurdly large pot while chattering about the neighbors. I sat at the kitchen table staring out the 7th story window, daydreaming and patiently waiting with my piece of fresh, crusty bread. Six minutes is a long time for a kid.

I turned back to the scene behind me. My grandfather’s towel-wrapped hand, swiftly maneuvering past my grandma with the boiling pot; some sort of bickering exchanged. Cold water running, I waited; stomach growling. I knew the routine. It was predictable, timed, and always perfect.

As he cracked the top open, I could see the orange glow against the white. It was a magical sight. A pinch of salt, a dash of pepper. A beautifully cooked soft boiled egg. It was the perfect egg for dipping my bread in it first, then scooping out the white with the spoon. A few pieces of hard, aged salami, tea and breakfast was complete.

Something as simple as eating an egg, when done slowly, with intention, can become nearly ceremonious. There was an utter delight in having this carefully cooked egg before me that took just minutes to make. I’m not certain I appreciated it as a 7 year old, but the memory is deeply ingrained and I look back on it with fondness.

I hesitated writing this blog post because it seemed a little silly at first…everyone knows how to cook a soft-boiled egg, right? But after posting an image on my Instagram feed about cooking the perfect soft-boiled egg and receiving questions about the technique, I thought maybe not. So a single egg is getting its own blog post. After all, the egg is a coveted food around these parts. So let’s jump right into the method of cooking the perfect soft-boiled egg.

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About This Recipe

  • It takes just minutes to make
  • Cooking time can be adjusted
  • Softboiled eggs are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner

What You’ll Need

  • A medium-sized pan
  • Water
  • 2-4 eggs

Let’s Make Soft boiled Eggs

Step 1. Add 4 cups water to a medium pot. Bring the water to a boil.

Step 2. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently place eggs in water without bouncing them. (You can use a small strainer or large spoon) Return heat to boiling, cover pot with a lid, and set your timer for 6 minutes.

Step 3. After 6 minutes, run eggs immediately under cold running water for 1 minute. Or you can create an ice bath and place them for 1 minute.

Step 4. Peel eggs and serve right away.

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Top Tips + FAQs

Why Should Boil The Water First?

You want the temperature to be steady throughout the entire cooking process. If you place your eggs in cold water and boil them after, you won’t be able to time it just right. This way you have complete control over the doneness of the egg.

Do You Need To Set A Timer?

Yes! Unlike hardboiled eggs, which are a little more forgiving, soft boiled eggs are very particular. Depending on how I want my eggs done, I use anywhere between 6-7 minutes of cooking time. If I want them dippier, it’s 6. If I want them a little harder, 6 minutes and 45 seconds. As you make soft boiled eggs, you’ll get a feel for how you like yours done.

Do You Need To Peel The Eggs Right Away?

I like to peel them right away because if they sit at room temperature, they will continue cooking in their own steam. I also like to eat them warm.

How To Eat Soft Boiled Eggs?

You can easy soft boiled eggs on:

  • Gluten-free toast
  • Over roasted vegetables
  • With avocado and greens
  • Add them to salads
  • With smoked salmon and asparagus
  • Over fried rice
  • By dipping gluten-free toast pieces in the egg

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How To Cook Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

How To Cook Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Here is a fool-proof way to cook the perfect soft boiled eggs ,or as I like to call them “dippy eggs“, every time!

Ingredients

  • 2-4 eggs
  • 4 cups of water
  • a pinch of salt
  • a little freshly ground pepper

Instructions

    1. Add 4 cups water to a medium pot. Bring the water to a boil.

    2. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently place eggs in water without bouncing them. (You can use a small strainer or large spoon) Return heat to boiling, cover pot with a lid, and set your timer for 6 minutes.

    3. After 6 minutes, run eggs immediately under cold running water for 1 minute. Or you can create an ice bath and place them for 1 minute.

    4. Peel eggs and serve right away with salt and pepper.

Notes

1. Make sure you bring the water to a roaring boil first.

2. Set a timer for 6 minutes

3. Run eggs under running cold water right away to stop the cooking process.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    renee
    January 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I adore this story in the beginnings – so special. I hope my girls remember eating soft boiled eggs from very young like this!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 8, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Renee! I think we take some of the simple things for granted at times!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    January 8, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I LOVE a soft boiled egg and your photos make them look as good as they taste! Better actually!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 8, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Aww thank you so much, Linda! I’m blushing over here 🙂

  • Reply
    Jean
    January 8, 2019 at 1:33 am

    That egg looks so perfect! Thanks for sharing the method. I can’t wait to try it out myself!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 8, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Awesome Jean, thank you so much!!

  • Reply
    Shelby
    January 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I love this! They make such yummy salad or bowl toppers.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 10, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      I agree Shelby! I love them on salads! And thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri
    January 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    My goodness you sure do know how to make a soft boiled egg the most beautiful thing ever. Your photos are stunning! Soft boiled are my husband’s favorites and we’re pretty much all I made for my little one when she started eating eggs. Thanks so much for your simple instructions to perfect these.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 10, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Aww thank you so much Emily! I so appreciate your kind words! Truly I do! Soft boiled eggs really are special!

  • Reply
    tessa simpson
    January 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    yolk porn at its finest!! Love your tips, and perfect soft boiled egg is a luxury and a real treat!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      January 10, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Hahah thank you thank you! I try 🙂 I agree it really is very special to me too!

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